Keeping Elections Secure And Transparent. Karen McClelland and Stephen Hanks welcome Emily Levy, founder and director of Scrutineers, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to voting integrity and election transparency.
Levy explains that she first got involved in the aftermath of the 2004 election during which some very suspicious things happened in Ohio. “I did not trust the results of that election,” she says.
She founded Scrutineers in 2020 after noticing gaps in the work being done by other organizations. “And I also really wanted to help connect the folks who are working and have been working for generations, really, on the right to vote making sure that everybody can cast ballots and the folks who are working on making sure those votes got counted accurately. Those two groups of people have not traditionally worked together much, and I really wanted to change that.”
As for the aftermath of the 2020 election, Levy says, “It has been very painful.” She feels that her work, and that of others, has been twisted around and mixed with lies and spit out again in a way that confuses the public. But though she absolutely disagrees that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, she does believe that we should not trust the voting systems that are computerized and use proprietary software that people don’t get to see. “That message has always been hard to get through to people,” she says. “People that don’t want to hear it. And now it’s harder to be believed because so many of the people who are saying it are mixing it with so many lies.”
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